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Water Assessment

As a bottled water industry leader, we are extremely aware of how precious water is to human beings. Thus it is our primary responsibility to be an exemplary and careful water user. The Global Environmental Footprint measures the overall water consumptions along our product life cycle. In 2014 , this amounted to 2.5 l per liter produced.

overall water consumptions along the product life cycle  

In comparison to other beverage options, the bottled water industry is a very small water user. Such differences are mainly due to the use of water to produce the ingredients necessary for other beverages (such as sugar, sweeteners, fruits, cereals and colorants).

use of water un comparison to other beverage options

The manufacturing phase for bottled water is also much less demanding for water, as the transformation processes are minimal.

Future water stress assessment should take into account local water stress conditions to provide a more accurate vision of overall water consumption.

Direct Water Use

We distinguish between direct water use (withdrawn at the factory level) and indirect water use (use by our suppliers or third parties for packaging, energy and transportation). Even though we are a relatively small water user, we focus on constantly reducing our direct water use. At the factory level, water is not only used to fill the bottle. Like any other industry, water is required for industrial processes such as cleaning and cooling. We call this additional water (above what is inside the bottle).

Every Nestlé Waters factory is equipped with a wastewater treatment facility to ensure the water returned to the environment is clean.

Related on Nestlé Waters :
 Water resource protection : involving local communities
 Bottled water : reducing GHG emissions